‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes': See it early, free, with Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman and Matt Reeves

June 18, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
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Caesar, the leader of the ape nation, performed by Andy Serkis, in a scene from the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (David James/20th Century Fox)

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Caesar, portrayed by Andy Serkis (right) (in performance capture suit) and Malcolm (Jason Clarke), a representative of a colony of human survivors, in a scene from the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (David James/20th Century Fox)

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Jason Clarke in a scene from the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (David James/20th Century Fox)

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Andy Serkis and director Matt Reeves on the set of the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (20th Century Fox)

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Jason Clarke and director Matt Reeves on the set of the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (David James)

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Caesar, portrayed by Andy Serkis (in performance capture suit), in a scene from the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (David James/20th Century Fox)

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Caesar, portrayed by Andy Serkis (in performance capture suit) in a scene from the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (David James/20th Century Fox)

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Caesar, performed by Andy Serkis, in a scene from the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (David James/20th Century Fox)

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Caesar, performed by Andy Serkis, in a scene from the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (David James/20th Century Fox)

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Caesar, portrayed by Andy Serkis (in performance capture suit), the leader of the ape nation, and Malcolm (Jason Clarke) in a scene from the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (David James/20th Century Fox)

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Caesar (Andy Serkis) ponders his next move as he faces a threat posed by a colony of humans in a scene from the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (WETA)

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Malcolm (Jason Clarke) is surrounded by apes as he tries to make peace in a scene from the movie "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes." (WETA)

Excited to see “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”? How about watching it with stars Andy Serkis, Gary Oldman and director Matt Reeves?

Hero Complex will host a free screening of the new Fox film, presented in Dolby Atmos, at 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 30, at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in Hollywood.

Following the screening, Serkis, Oldman and Reeves will take the stage for an extended Q&A about the making of the movie, which is due to arrive in theaters July 11.

Set 10 years after 2011’s breakout hit “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” posits a world where apes have developed their own civilization and human sightings are rare.

When a group of survivors — including Jason Clarke’s Malcolm, a single father and former architect; Keri Russell’s Ellie, a nurse; and Oldman’s Dreyfus, the leader of the human colony in the ruins of San Francisco — seeks to restore electrical power to San Francisco, it comes into conflict with the rapidly expanding troop of apes led by Serkis’ Caesar.

The orphaned offspring of a laboratory chimp has evolved into the leader of his tribe that includes wife Cornelia (Judy Greer), teenage son Blue Eyes (Nick Thurston) and a council of close friends.

Conflict between the survivors, however, seems likely to lead only to all-out war, with explosive imagery glimpsed in the latest trailer.

Watch it below.

To RSVP for the screening, log on to www.latimes.com/DawnPlanetOfTheApes starting Tuesday, June 24, at 10 a.m.; RSVPs will close as soon as the screening is full.

Seats at the “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” screening are first-come, first-served.

To find out first about other upcoming Hero Complex screenings and special events, follow us on Twitter: @LATHeroComplex.

For a more detailed look at “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” click through the image gallery above.

– Gina McIntyre and Noelene Clark

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